TONY TAKES TOP HONOURS IN MULLION SILVER SALVER:
Mullion held their first Seniors Cup Competition – the J Boyde Silver Salver – of the season in very challenging conditions, writes Tom Suddes.
One moment there was so much hail on the greens that it proved difficult to see your ball, but soon after the sun was out and we enjoyed clear blue skies.
But the club has remained open despite the storms and gales.
Despite the wind and heavy hail and rain showers it was not all bad.
The sun shone for the majority of the competition and the condition of the course remained remarkably good considering the present Cornish monsoons.
The competition was a particular challenge for the players, with only four clubs allowed to be carried and used throughout the competition. The winner was Tony Chatfield who won comfortably on 32 Stableford points, with John Turpin second on 28 points and Paul Head third on 27 points.
On Saturday the club held their Daily Mail Foursomes Competition, the first round of the national Daily Mail Foursomes Competition.
The winners were Rob Casley and Alan Trerise on 61.5, with Dennis Law and Martin Hunt second on 62.5 and Jamie and Garry Marlow were third on 66.5. Fourth bwere Steve Riley and Martin Parsons 67.5 points.
The winners now represent Mullion GC in the next round of the national knockout competition.
On Sunday, the sun shone with a feeling of spring in the air as many golfers took to the links for a great day of fun.
This mixed competition was American Foursomes and the winning team was Margaret Richardson, Dave Howe, Margaret Thomas, Ian Stanley with 87 points, closeley followed by Jill Simmons, Gill Bayliss, Ray Griffiths and Dave Trivett on 86 points.
In third with 84 were Yvonne Ratcliffe, Maureen Cuthbertson, Peter Reynolds and Simon Thomas.
WENDRON NARROW GAP WITH BIG WIN OVER LIZARD:
Wendron CC A faced a tricky game against Lizard FC A in the West Cornwall Winter League, but came through it well to gain a 6-3 win and are now two points behind Helston FC A who had their bye.
Helston RBL A are beginning to find some form and gained an 8-1 win over the Coach & Horses thanks to singles wins from Sean Hunt, Rob Williams, Dave Carmichael, Jim Hunt and Chris Williams while the Killigrew Inn also had a good victory with a 7-2 result against the Rodney Inn B team.
Constantine SC A had a 5-4 win over St Keverne Band Club and Godolphin Club F gained a 6-3 win against Atlantic Inn A. Mullion FC A are stretching their lead at the top of Division Two, last week they gained an 8-1 victory over White Hart C.
Meanwhile Helston RFC A won a close game agsint the Bell Inn 5-4, singles wins coming from John Curtis, Brian Hosken and James Trounson.
Paris A won five out of the six singles in a 6-3 win over Helston RBL B and Godolphin Club B edged out their B team 5-4. Helston RFC B continued their improved form with a 6-3 win over White Hart A.
Helston Cricket Club are also looking good to win division 3. A 7-2 victory against Breage SC widened their gap at the top while chasing teams Wendron CC B and the Angel Hotel could only manage 5-4 wins against Helston RFC D and Lizard FC C.
There were also 5-4 wins for fellow chasing teams Crown Inn and the Harbour Inn. The Crown Inn defeated Mullion FC B and singles wins from Ben Edwards, Shane Miller and Jamie Greet helped the Harbour to their win.
Result of the week in Division Four came from the Potters Bar B team who won 8-1 against Red Lion C, Luc Evans, David Cheetham, Chris Ensink, Charlie Cheetham and Nathan Deacon all winning their singles.
Helston FC B are still top after a 5-4 win against Red Lion B but Red Lion A suffered a 6-3 defeat to the Wheel Inn and Out of the Blue gained a 7-2 win against Paris B.
Atlantic Inn B had a 6-3 win against the Seven Stars.
Doubles knockout (First round): Qualifiers are – Godolphin Club, Sarah Gallant & D Thomas (Angel Hotel A) & Stu Thomas & Tony Bungay (Rodney A); White Hart, Kev Bosustow & S Williams (Lizard FC A) & Jimmy Johns & Fabian Johns (Lizard FC A); Lizard FC, Darren Hill & Paul Willetts (Mullion FC A) & Shane McCartney & Jason Grigor (Wendron); Helston RBL, Paul Tresidder & Paul Bassett (Rodney Inn A) & Gary Smith & Dan Jenkin (Helston FC A).
CULDROSE GET THEIR NEW YEAR OFF TO A FLYER:
The two immediate post Christmas Cornwall Basketball Association (CBA) fixtures saw RNAS Culdrose 'Flyers' attempt to build on some encouraging displays with successive matches against respective Plymouth and District League sides, St Mawgan 'Storm' and Penryn 'Saracens'.
With all of their registered players available for the first time this season, the 'Flyers' home game against 'Storm' on January 23 saw the confident ball handling skills of Sean Jehu (MVP and 10pts), physicality of Shane Sanderson and mere presence of 6'8" Zac Porter clearly in evidence and complement the subtle skills and improved shooting skills of the likes of Scott Eastwood and Quammie Mechum.
The problem on this occasion, was that they came up against possibly the strongest 'Storm' side fielded in the CBA League to date.
A competitive and enjoyable match throughout, although Culdrose started well and held onto 'Storm' for the first quarter, by half time Jamie Hudgell's 3-point shot (MVP and an overall haul of 24 pts) and assured control of the backboards at both ends from Nathan Glendale, Chris Jarrett and Jason Bosley had already given a clear indicator of the firepower on which 'Storm' could call. Prompted by the ever effective combination of Guards Rich Gilling and of Connor Taylor, ultimately 'Storm' ran out winners by 42 to 74, however, the 'Flyers' managed to post a clear indicator of what they can achieve provided all players are available, which was noted by CBA Chairman and 'Storm' Coach Adam Gator.
Sadly, a week later (January 28) Culdrose returned to fielding a somewhat depleted side once again and so struggled to achieve that first elusive win, which was certainly on the cards against a slightly weakened Saracens side.
After a slow start in the first quarter, coach Rob Knill was forced into an early 'Flyers' time out, which enabled them claw back some lost ground. However, Dom Lilley ('Saracens' MVP with 25pts) and Tom White (11pts) soon started to take charge of the Saracens inside and outside shooting game, particularly when Culdrose started to run their bench.
By half time Saracens led 32-17 but the third quarter saw Culdrose benefit from a bit more on court experience and bring the score back to a competitive 36-29. However, the bench was run again and they lost ground once more as a general lack of team togetherness and match practice set in.
Sean Jehu (22 pts) again brought out the best in the Flyers around him, but with Dom Lilley pulling the strings of a fit and enthusiastic Saracens side – very much like the conductor of an orchestra in fact – the end result of 58 to 39 was almost inevitable and exposed the difference between the sides at this point in their developments.
CLINTON CLOSE IN ON MINING LEAGUE TITLE:
With four matches left in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker league, reigning champions STR Clinton now look home and hosed with a massive ten point lead.
However, Illogan HI A, who also looked assured of the runners-up spot last week, suffered a shock 5-0 defeat at the hands of third placed Godolphin Club, who thus gave themselves a chance to overtake them, now just four points behind.
Nigel Veal made a 49 break and Chris Timmins a 33 for Godolphin. STR Clinton beat Redruth British Rail B 4-1 on Friday, with only Jeff Goldsworthy winning a frame for the Railmen.
Phil Lane has been a prolific break maker and shone once again with breaks of 36 and 75 in his frame. After a 3-2 defeat at St Day, Penponds now look too far back in fourth place to make any impact.
Bottom team Illogan HI C already look doomed after losing 4-1 to their own B team last week.
Lanner are also looking certainties for the Division 2 title with a ten point lead over nearest rivals Park Bottom.
Last week Lanner (Wayne Nicholls 38 break) beat third placed Penponds 4-1, while Park Bottom lost 3-2 to Camborne Conservative for their second defeat in a row.
Any one of four teams could still take runners-up spot, with only four points covering Park Bottom.
Billiards & Snooker
LIZARD PENINSULA BILLIARDS & SNOOKER LEAGUE
P W L Pts St Keverne A 13 32 20 32 Coverack 13 29 23 29 Cury C 12 27 21 27 *Lizard 13 25 27 25 St Keverne B 12 22 26 22 *Helston RBL 12 20 28 20 Cury B 13 21 31 21
* Points adjusted.
Highest Break 27: J Trounson (Cury C).
P W L Pts Cury A 15 40 20 40 Porthleven 15 37 23 37 Godolphin Club 15 32 28 32 Ruan Minor 15 31 29 31 Ashton A 15 29 31 29 Ashton B 15 11 49 11
Highest break 31: D Fox (Ruan Minor).
CASH BOOST FOR COUGARS:
Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club has secured £12,000 worth of funding from two leading sport organisations to fund and develop outreach basketball clubs for young people, with and without disabilities, in the Truro and Camborne areas.
Sported, the UK's largest Sport for Development charity, has awarded Cornwall Cougars a grant of £2,000 towards the purchase of specialist wheelchairs for those young people that do not own their own.
Sported is a free membership organisation which provides funding and business support to grassroots sports groups which reduce barriers to participation for marginalised groups.
As a Sported member, Cornwall Cougars has not only been able to benefit from a grant, but following support from the charity, the group has successfully bid for an additional £10,000 grant from Sport England's 'Get Equipped' programme to fund equipment and training for the outreach clubs.
Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club has only been in operation for little more than a year, but already has a competitive team travelling the country to play in a wheelchair basketball league and operates several outreach clubs.
The aim of the outreach clubs is to give young people with and without disabilities an opportunity to play a new sport together, break down barriers and bring young people together that would not normally be able to participate.
All equipment, including the sports specific wheelchairs, is provided and the long-term vision is to train young people and volunteers as coaches, enabling the outreach clubs to expand across the whole of Cornwall.
The first of Cornwall Cougars' outreach clubs is planned to open at Camborne Science International Academy shortly.
Andy Care, Cornwall Cougars Secretary, said: "We are utterly delighted to have been successful with these funding applications. The sports wheelchairs are expensive and we only have a limited number, now we'll be able to get more chairs and equipment to use for our new outreach clubs.
"A big thank you to Sported for their help and support."
Hannah Colston, South West Regional Manager at Sported, said: "Andy Care and his team of volunteers at Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club are incredibly driven and passionate about their sport.
"A lack of the right equipment will no longer be a barrier for young people to get involved with the sport.
"The aim is to keep expanding the outreach clubs across Cornwall so more and more young people have the opportunity to play basketball, make friends and enjoy the sport together."
To find out more about getting involved with Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club in Truro, please contact Andy Care, club chairman, on 07851 462 491 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Cornwall Cougars' Facebook page.
SCHOOL RECRUIT LAMIROY:
Truro School are investing in professional surfing coach Sam Lamiroy to help create an elite surf squad and spearhead the future of surfing in Cornwall.
Lamiroy said: "The aim of this on-going project is to help the pupils improve their surfing, at the fastest possible pace, while having as much fun as we can.
"This project will help to put Truro School firmly on the map as the school to go to for anyone wanting to engage in an array of water sports at the highest level – while also receiving a top class education
"Pupils often take to Perranporth and Crantock, making full use of the Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club along the way.
"Our surfers know the importance of training outside the sea too, and are well disciplined in swimming and body strength.
Lamiroy believes coaching surfers of all abilities was the way ahead, while also teaching more theoretical aspects of surfing through pool work, fitness sessions and video analysis.
He added: "We try to give regular, structured advice for those who are new to the sport, as well as giving really complex technical, competitive and elevated level coaching to the more advanced athletes."
Headmaster, Andrew Gordon-Brown said: "We have bought in Sam Lamiroy because we want the talented surfers at Truro School to have the best professional coach in this sport and the opportunity to take part regionally and nationally in surfing competitions."
The Academy has only just started but Lamiroy has already spoke of the remarkable improvements in performance: "I'm really excited to see what happens as the days get longer, the water gets warmer and the conditions get better.
"The surfing these kids are doing is going to go through the roof. I can't wait."